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What Is the CVV Number for My Credit Card?

CVV stands for card verification value. It is a security code associated with credit cards and debit cards. It is also called by other names, depending on the details associated with the security code. The most common code is the CVV, which is actually also CVV2 and CSC (credit security code).

This code is made up of three numbers, and it is physically imprinted on the card for reference. The location of the CVV depends on the kind of credit card that you own. For credit cards issued by Visa and MasterCard, the CVV can be found on the back of the card, at the upper right part. For cards issued by American Express, the CVV can be found on the front of the card.

How did the CVV come into existence? What is its purpose? Prior to the onset of online shopping, the CVV was not really used. When more and more people got involved in online shopping, however, additional security measures were called for. That included the CVV, which somehow ensures that the person making the online purchase is the card holder. This works under the assumption that the person is holding the card while making the purchase. As such, when you buy something from a physical store and hand your credit card over to the cashier, you do not have the need to cite your CVV.

Needless to say, it is imperative that you keep make sure that the CVV is secure, together with your credit card number. Otherwise, you can easily see just how anyone can make an online purchase without your knowledge.

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